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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #941 on: 08/23/2022 07:46 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #943 on: 08/24/2022 03:45 pm »
Ship 25 forward dome is now heading into the Highbay for stacking.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #944 on: 08/24/2022 04:13 pm »
After about two months (arrived on June 5th), the EDOME test tank is being evicted from the launch site without having received any testing (as far as I'm aware).

3 other SPMTs (4 total) also being removed.
« Last Edit: 08/24/2022 04:37 pm by StevenOBrien »

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #946 on: 08/25/2022 10:48 am »


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Ship 24 and Booster 7 Begin Next Round of Raptor Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica

25 Aug 2022

Ship 24 and Booster 7 testing began again after a break for repair, rework, and installation of new hardware. Both vehicles performed igniter tests as they prepare for more engine testing. Meanwhile, crews continue building Ship 25 and Booster 8 for future use.

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0:00 Booster Quick Disconnect Attached to Booster 7
0:29 Service Platform Raised Under the OLM
0:45 Service Platform Lowered and Removed From OLM
1:17 Sunrise Over the Launch Site
1:47 The Launch Site
2:04 Booster 7 on the Orbital Launch Mount
3:10 Ship QD Arm and Chopsticks
3:48 Chopstick Stabilizer Arms
4:24 Booster Quick Disconnect
4:56 Ground Support Equipment Venting
5:32 The Suborbital Launch Site
5:49 Part Loaded Onto SPMT
6:26 EDOME Test Tank Rolls Back to the Rocket Garden
8:02 Booster 8 in the Mega Bay
8:19 Barrel Sections Outside Tent 3
8:57 Domes and Dome Components
9:14 Ship 25's Nosecone in the High Bay
9:34 Ship 25 Forward Dome Section
9:52 The Rocket Garden and Storage Area
10:31 Scrap Ship 16 Section
10:49 Ballast Removed From SPMT
11:41 Starfactory
11:59 Booster 9 LOX Tank Section Outside the Mega Bay
12:19 Ship 24 Loaded for Testing
12:33 Booster 7 Ignitor Test
13:22 Suborbital Pad B Water Deluge Test
13:57 Ship 24 Ignitor Test
14:12 Ship 24 Depress Vent
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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #947 on: 08/25/2022 09:08 pm »
B7.1 appears to be heading back to the launch site, from LabPadre Rover Cam

Update: Incorrectly said it was moving to a storage area earlier. It is in fact going back to the pad. Also heading to the pad is some sort of beam.
« Last Edit: 08/26/2022 12:28 am by StevenOBrien »

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #948 on: 08/26/2022 01:48 am »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1562961943157018626

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Test Tank B7.1 heading to the launch site.
youtube.com/watch?v=mhJRzQ

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #949 on: 08/26/2022 10:51 am »


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Booster 7 conducted two, three engine spin prime tests and Ship 24 conducted a single spin prime test. Also, F-22 Raptor Fighter Jets were spotted flying over Starbase in preparation for an airshow later in the week.

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0:00 Sunrise Over the Launch Site
0:16 Chopsticks Moved Away From Booster 7
0:32 USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team Flyover
6:08 Orbital Tank Farm Spools Up
6:31 First Booster Spin Prime of the Day
6:57 Second Booster Spin Prime of the Day
7:25 Booster 7 Depress
7:59 Suborbital Tank Farm Spools Up
8:20 Ship 24 Spin Prime
9:27 B7.1 Test Tank Rolled to the Launch Site

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #950 on: 08/28/2022 08:19 pm »
Follow-ups to discussion thread please:

https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1563952519402987533

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12 days ago we tweeted about some strange production deviations spotted with Ship 26, and today's thread is an update on that situation with additional observations. If anything, we're in for an interesting ride with S26. (1/9)

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Usually we have an idea about whats going on, but this is definitely strange. It seems SpaceX crews have begun de-tiling S26s nosecone. Quite odd lets take a look at this nose. (1/7)

📸: @NicAnsuini

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Since that tweet, S26's nosecone has seemingly been completely detiled, with the TPS attachment pins remaining attached. It is currently unknown if SpaceX will remove the pins from the 4 sections that are pinned, however we think this is unlikely. (2/9)

https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1563952821497741327

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The sections that had deviated past the TPS stations remain unpinned and/or untiled. Such an extended duration away from the pinning robots and tiling stations strongly indicates that this process may not occur at all. (3/9)

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Ship 26's tiled Mid-LOX section remains in the Ring Yard with a full set of TPS tiles (this section was seemingly produced before whatever change has caused these deviations). We are watching it closely to see if detiling operations begin on it. (4/9)

https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1563952985918545924

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In addition to Ship 26's "uniqueness", Ship 27 is being watched closely as well. It's newly produced Mid-LOX section has been passing through production and has skipped past the stations for TPS application. (5/9)

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Ship 27's aft section has also passed by the stations for TPS work and currently resides in the Ring Yard. These are major deviations compared to what we normally observe, which is why we consider this all quite odd. (6/9)

https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1563953150062731264

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S27's payload bay also isn't following the timeline we expected. While SpaceX could always just be changing processes, when comparing to previous payload bays we expected it to go inside to receive TPS pins before the work near the Lowbay that is ongoing. (7/9)

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As of now, only Ship 26 and 27 are far enough in production for us to really notice oddities, but we will keep our eyes peeled for deviations on future vehicles. For live tracking of the production site, check out our Miro board! (8/9)

https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1563953367558361090

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When it all comes together, these deviations seem to suggest that Ship 26's and possibly 27's heatshield is having some really, really odd things happen to it and the possibility remains open that these vehicles won't have heatshields whatsoever. (9/9)
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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #951 on: 08/29/2022 01:35 am »
https://twitter.com/_brendan_lewis/status/1564060762670510080

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Starbase Production Diagram - 29th August 2022

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #952 on: 08/29/2022 02:58 am »
twitter.com/csi_starbase/status/1563704049870016512

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Hey @elonmusk why can't the Booster QD on the OLM be used to start the center 13 engines?

In other words, the launch mount would be responsible for starting all 33 engines instead of just the outer 20🤷🏾‍♂️. COPV's would only used for boost back and landing burns.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1564073147636252674

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Agreed, we recently made this change & many others.

An intense effort is underway to achieve robust engine containment in case of RUD to protect booster, other engines & launch ring.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #953 on: 09/01/2022 04:43 pm »
B7.1 testing has been underway for the past hour.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #954 on: 09/01/2022 06:13 pm »
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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #955 on: 09/02/2022 06:13 pm »
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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #956 on: 09/03/2022 04:21 pm »
twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566094569732820994

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With B7.1s testing campaign starting back up, many people are curious about what was done during its stay in the Midbay. Heres an update about whats happened with this test tank. This attached photo shows just the kind of changes made to it. (1/8)

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https://twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566094692693032960

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The damage from the buckle that occurred during B7.1's test in July wasn't noticeable to most people afterwards, but we soon saw that the area directly under the Crusher interface ring was smushed down and can be seen in some parts at a slight angle. (2/8)

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twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566094866978930689

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When B7.1 rolled back, scaffolding was set up and work began. The first thing that we noticed was something being lifted out of the Midbay, which was later revealed to be about 1ft of steel from the damaged top. (3/8)

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https://twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566095005806108672

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We then saw a black interface ring get placed on the top, which we know acts as an interface between the tank and can crusher cap. This piece has triangular pieces on the inside, which is different from what we see normally with these interfaces. (4/8)

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twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566095100643508225

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Stringer doublers were then installed on the top of the fwd external stringers. These are used to strengthen the area even further, possibly because of the steel cut off of the top, or to respond to a structural concern that caused the initial buckle. (5/8)

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https://twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566095157631614976

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Do note that these modifications and fixes that we noticed are more than likely NOT the only things done. These are our observations based on what we saw with the available coverage. (6/8)

twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566095234630619136

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Once modified and fixed, a large valve assembly was placed on the top of B7.1 and it rolled out to the Launch Site a couple of days later to resume its testing campaign on the Can Crusher. (7/8)

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https://twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1566095299591999495

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It remains to be seen what happened to cause the initial buckle and if its a matter of concern seeing them reinforce it afterwards. Hopefully the interstage holds up to testing this time and we see a swift testing campaign. (8/8)

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #957 on: 09/05/2022 04:35 am »

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #958 on: 09/06/2022 05:26 am »
twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1566944844496441344

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And the weird production events continue, heres a small update. What we had tracked as S27s payload barrel has now surpassed the S26 payload barrel in production. This leads us to believe that S27s payload barrel may be reassigned. (1/6)

📸: @RGVaerialphotos

https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1566944911068381185

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RGVs recent flyover shows the interior of the payload bays. While the S27 one doesnt have a door cutout, it does noticeably have header tank pressurization lines mounted and other additional pieces. The S26 bay does not. (2/6)

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twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1566944982719610880

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On Sept 2, the 2 header tank downcomers were lifted into the S27 payload bay, which S26 had not yet received. Its unusual to see a Ship section from a higher serial number surpass a lower serial number by this amount. (3/6)

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https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1566945050885603331

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One thing to note is that the S26 bay has TPS attachment pins, whereas the S27 bay does not. It may be reasonable to assume that this difference has caused the S26 bay to be abandoned or shelved, and the S27 bay to be reassigned to S26. (4/6)

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twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1566945111900037122

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It will be interesting to see if the other existing S26 sections, especially the ones with pins installed, will be replaced. We dont think anything is necessarily wrong with the pinned S26 sections, so maybe they will go on a future ship with tiles. (5/6)

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https://twitter.com/ringwatchers/status/1566945154090639361

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In the case of S27, its possible that the untiled sections we saw were only replacements for the S26 sections, and S27 will be a normal ship, or maybe S27 will just get new untiled parts. At this point in time, its hard to be sure. (6/6)

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #959 on: 09/06/2022 06:53 pm »
Road closed, pad clear.

And the testing campaign everyone has been eagerly awaiting is finally upon us. B7.1 is getting frosty yet again.

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